Saturday, October 29, 2011

Superwoman Saturday: Weeks 1 & 2

Two weeks ago I talked about some goals I wanted to set for myself. I also committed to updating everyone every Saturday on my progress. For me, the accountability part is the most important part. I don't have a "Week 1" post because I was in West Virginia.

So, how am I doing with my goals, you ask? Honestly, I've struggled with pretty much all of them. I've had good days and bad days just like I knew I would. But I've also made a lot of positive changes. It's slow going but I'm going to get there.

I've joined a Karate class. When I was 20 I found kickboxing. Kickboxing changed my life. It gave me much needed confidence and helped me lose 30 pounds. I fell in love with it right away. So when I set my goal to work out at least 4 times a week, I naturally thought of kickboxing. Alas, there were no real kickboxing classes to be found in my little town. In my search, I stumbled across the martial arts academy I now attend. I wasn't sure if I would like karate, but I'm finding that I love it as much as kickboxing. The school offers 5 classes a week for adults. Week 1 I made it to 2 classes and Week 2 I made it to 3 classes. I've learned that the most I will probably be able to attend is 3 days a week. Any more than that is too much time away from home. My next step with this goal is to figure out how to supplement the karate classes with more exercise time at home to get to my goal of 4 days a week.

We all take turns cooking dinner. This has been fun for me! On my night I made chicken fajitas and they were sooooo yummy! The best part is I just kind of came up with flavors I thought would be good and went with it. That's not how I usually cook. I'm a recipe cooker. I don't just throw stuff together, so I was really excited when it all came together and tasted good. We also had beef stroganoff, shrimp salad, and beef stew this week. Tonight we were going to grill burgers, but it's raining and cold so we may have to "Plan B" it. Just as soon as I figure out what that is.

My attitude toward myself is surprising to me. (Does that even make sense)? When it comes to weight loss I'm usually all or nothing. If I slip up, then that's it, I'm never going to get it right, so why bother... This time around, I've been OK with taking it slow. I haven't yet worked out 4 days a week, but I've worked out more than I did before I set the goal. And I know I'll get there eventually.

I haven't been weighing myself (mostly because I haven't found the box my scale is in yet). And honestly I've been reluctant to because that's when I start to obsess. But I think I may have to start because I like to see the numbers go down. So far I don't feel any difference in the way my clothes fit and I can't really see a difference in my body. But I feel different. I'm walking a little taller and I'm smiling more. When I look in the mirror I try to find something to compliment myself on instead of looking for things to criticize myself on. I found it really interesting that I know right where to look for all the things I hate about my body, but I have to search things I like. Shouldn't it be the other way around?

I think I'm off to a pretty good start all in all. This is a lifelong journey, I know the changes will be gradual, but they will come.

Do you have something in your life you would like to work on? Please link up and tell me about it. I can't wait to hear from all the Superwomen out there!

1 comment:

  1. I love this. You are doing a great job. I love the confidence and shift in perspective that comes from starting and trying to make a change. My change I need to make is the same as you. Among other things. I'll try to link up before thus one ends if not next week! :)


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